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Monday, December 05, 2005

Opposite perspectives

What does it say about the difference between frum American Jews and Israelis that the former use tissues for toilet paper, and the latter use toilet paper for tissues?

3 Comments:

Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der ┼íteg) said...

I use both, but i prefer using each for its own purpose. Or napkins for tissues; they're usually stronger (or at least thicker), which is important for a heavy-snot-load person like me.

If you're talking about Shabbos, just buy a boxcutter and slice that toiletpaper roll in half so the roll falls open.
Directions:
1. hold toiletpaper roll like an "O"
2. slice open one part of the "O"
3. let paper fold out like a "U", and then flat.

voila! pre-cut toilet paper!

8:38 AM, December 08, 2005  
Blogger The Observer said...

Reb Steg, I can tell you are recently returned from the Holy Land, where indeed, such is the practice. Which is, indeed, my point. Over here, in the benighted lands of the lower hemisphere, it seems easier to perforate the opening of a carefully selected box of unattached tissues than to hack apart a roll of toilet paper.

1:36 AM, December 11, 2005  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der ┼íteg) said...

No way...

Everyone in Israel i saw using precut *that they bought*, and which looked very similar to tissues except it was marketed as specificly precut toilet paper.

My technique of roll-slicing is a mesora from my non-Zionist second-generation-American father, who knows very little about Israel and Israeli culture and has never been there.

5:44 PM, December 14, 2005  

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